SIALKOT

The polling for the third phase of local bodies elections remained mostly peaceful at almost all the 1,544 polling stations set up across the Sialkot district on Saturday.

Sialkot DCO Dr Asif Tufail visited various polling stations in the district’s all four tehsils - Sialkot, Daska, Sambrial and Pasrur and observed arrangements. He said that the polling remained peaceful at all the polling stations in district.

The turnout remained very low in the morning but it jumped to 60 to 70 percent in the afternoon at almost all the polling stations in the district, the ECP officials added.

“The district administration made foolproof security arrangements to ensure peace under the supervision of Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP),” the DCO added.

He claimed that no any untoward incident has been reported from any part of the district except some minor clashes at few spots between the workers of different political parties.

The troops of the Punjab Rangers and Pak Army remained patrolling different areas to avert any unpleasant in any part of the district.

WOMEN SHOW KEEN INTEREST

The female voters showed keen interest in the LB polls and cast their votes with enthusiasm across the district.

Long queues of female voters were witnessed in and around the polling stations in the district’s all four Sialkot, Daska, Sambrial and Pasrur tehsils on Saturday.

Most of the women were found enthusiastic while casting their votes, saying that they have attached great important to the LB polls. Many of the female voters reached their polling stations concerned with their children.

The candidates belonging to all the political parties, especially the independent succeeded in bringing out local female voters from their houses to the polling stations in the district.

According to local ECP officials, the turnout of female voters in polling for the LB polls remained high as compared to the 2013 general elections in district.

250 VOTERS NAME FOUND MISSING

As many as 250 male and female voters could not cast their votes as their names were missing in the voters’ lists displayed at the polling station Saahowali in union council Variyo, Sialkot.

Reportedly, the voters were found dumbstruck that their names are part of the voters’ lists displayed outside the polling station but are missing from the voters’ lists kept inside the polling station.

The situation was brought into the notice of the presiding officer, who did not allow the 250 male and female voters to cast their voters.

On the occasion, the affected voters protested against, “what they said” alleged highhandedness and negligence of the ECP in this regard.

TURNOUT RECORDED 65 TO 70PC

According to local senior officials of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), the total turnout of voters remained 65 to 70 percent in the third phase of LB polls held in Sialkot district.

MAN HELD WITH GUN; SHO SUSPENDED: The police arrested an accused identified as Bashir Ahmed while entering polling station Kammaanwala-Sialkot with a pump action gun on Saturday.

Sambrial DSP Moeen Buttar said that the accused is a watchman of the local health department. He said that the man entered in the polling station carrying a pump action gun, created harassment in the area.

Meanwhile, taking serious notice of the incident, DPO Rai Ejaz Ahmed suspended Sambrial Police SHO Inspector Abdul Azeem on charges of negligence.